Friday, September 4, 2015

Monarch#3

8"x11" watercolor
I like putting on layers with watercolor but don't always know what to expect.  I am trying out different approaches so that I can learn some things.  The colors of the painting are so much more vibrant in real life.  I am not sure how to rectify this.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Monarch#2

8"x11 watercolor NFS
This one came a little easier.  It is painted from an image by photographer Steven Niewoehner.  The problem with painting from such an amazing photograph is that it is already a piece of artwork so you have to approach it with different intentions.  I had a hard time photographing this because the colors just don't pop the way they do in person, especially the thistle.  I have figured out a few things about watercolor like: 1) the brushes make all the difference  2) the paper makes all the difference too (this is on 400lb. cold pressed Arches) 3) figuring out the quantity of a mixed color and the ratio of water to paint are both important 4) if you don't have a process you are up the creek without a paddle

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Monarch#1

8"x11" watercolor
I have a project this month and I chose to do watercolor.  WHAT WAS I THINKING????  I am not a watercolorist, I am an oil painter.  I can't tell you the amount of terror I experienced doing this.  So, what did I learn?  1) Maybe by the end of this project I will know how to paint monarchs 2) Do not get Phalo Blue paint (even watercolor) under your fingernails  3) They say watercolor is a challenging medium for good reason! 4)  If you don't challenge yourself you won't grow (at least I think that is true)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Morning Jog

8"x8" oil
A fit young woman starts her day running across the Brooklyn Bridge.  This is a revised version of a painting I did a while ago.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sumac Tryptic

7"x12" oil   starting bid $20
I am on grandma duty this week so I am posting paintings that I am putting on auction.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Little Mothers

6"x6" oil   starting bid is $17
If this looks familiar, it is because I have already posted it, but I decided to put it up for auction on DPW.  I won't get much chance to paint this week because my grandkids are visiting.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A New World

6"x6" oil
I reworked an old painting.  I liked the figure of the woman and baby but didn't like the environment she was in so I decided on a soft ethereal world.  Of course everything is new for a baby, but I think that a new mother also experiences the world in a new and different way, as the surrounding take less precedent over the world of love and responsibility you feel for this vulnerable and fresh creature.
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